Maison et Objet 2019 …. Colour Love

Top Row: Maison et Object Colours Bottom Row: IDS show Toronto Colours

A quick comparison in colour seen at Maison in Paris vs. IDS show Toronto. Would love to see more images of Maison et Object, to continue comparing thru colourful eyes!

European Design regarding colour always amazes me, and we see this annually through our work at CMG. The green in the IDS (Toronto, Canada) swatch mostly comes from all the plants we observed at the show this year, only a tiny bit of this green in textiles. The overall European freshness of colour really resonates with fashion, as here we are seeing a tiny bit more colour on the horizon coming into 2019, there is alot of grey here still in North America. Grey is a safe interior finish, but sort of creates a sad mood in fashion, so folks let’s wear some COLOUR- toss some fresh colour in the mix- it will lift our spirits during the dreary winter! Spring Colours are in Sight!

Image Inspired by Jeannette Hanenburg
Trip to Maison 2019
Colour Professionals – Centre for Colour & EducationAntwerp Area, Belgium
Interior Design Show 2019 Living Colour

 

IDS Show Living Colour

 

Inspired by Jeannette Hanenburg’s Video Post Jan 19th/ 2019 at Maison- JLN’s Booth https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6492108198357590016

 

 

Staging Spaces

 

It always amazes me when I see a completed transformation like this become real!

The design intention is inspired by a fusion of coastal living elegance, light, bright and feeling as though you are ready to relax in this Scandi- Canadian country home!     Another perfect Staging project!

As I first walked into this space, all I could think was ‘Wow, I have a perfect space to transform with colour!’

These wonderful homeowners graciously followed my magic paint brush, as I spec’ed softly toned whites and smokey neutrals, some new accent pieces and plants.

We all worked our magic together with the excellent team at Booth 7 Painting Solutions who made the cabinet and mantle painting transformations happen!

 

www.booth7.com

www.janinemay.ca

 

A New Neutral….

A New Neutral for Design!

Color Marketing Group said it best: Lamb’s Ear: “Whisper your Style”!

This colour is so current–it’s unreal how quietly the colour seems to appear in almost anything from softly-toned textiles, ribbons of silk, through fine wool carpets; in artwork, pottery and home decor; in our gardens as new varieties of succulents and cactus.

We see this colour everywhere in home decor, even in places where grey has traditionally dominated the colour landscape. So is this a new neutral coming forward? We see some very interesting neutrals being used now.

Possibly the season for Lamb’s Ear as we see in gardens; possibly this is a call for soft earth-toned hues to reconnect us with the earth and nature’s moments of solitude.

Imagine sitting at the water’s edge on a crisp misty morning by the lake, soft scent of evergreen, before the sun rises and only the sound of a loon calls out. Soft, meditative ripples in the water gently glide along as water life stirs below. What a lovely way to start your day…. somewhere calm, where you can think. This colour transports you to that moment, a location, a time, as it is seen in many places in nature.

Lamb’s Ear is definitely a colour that intrigues many of us. There appears a slight variance in shade and it is often paired with similar blue-green tones, (reminiscent of the plant); it is really more about the smooth feeling this colour creates with layers of light. Those who are “nervous nellies” about using COLOUR in their space or wardrobe, and currently we see a lot of white, grey and black, this colour may just resonate with you! Incorporate it into sheets, cushions, a soft wall tone, a carpet or through artwork—almost anywhere really—just be a little carefree, relax and pair it with other neutrals or soft shades. Enjoy this free flowing natural new neutral hue!

Inspired Colour!

Lamb’s Ear Colour Name:  http://colormarketing.org

 

 

 

Upcycled Organization Station!

Staying organized and keeping events/ dates all straight is always tricky!

Yes of course, we have Smart Phones to keep our calendars…. yet sometimes we need to hang some important keys, necklace, lanyard, pin up a fast note or save a cool label, ticket or picture!  If you are a visual person like me, gosh I need a reminder board as a landing space,  to quickly glance at it each day as I run out!

Upcycling made this board redesign almost free! 

Upcycled Cork board MOD & Deep Styling!

 

Here’s How to create your own old school Cork board Hack!

  • Select a dramatic latex paint colour!
  • (Note: You can use a contrasting colour from your walls or your wall paint for a monochromatic look!)
  • Paint with roller or brush 2 coats of paint, let dry between coats
  • Clean up edges or frame or repaint frame- depending on material of frame you may have to use a spray paint
  • I created metallic thumb tacks by spraying a light coat of metallic spray paint to old tacks (picture included)
  • Select your favourite colour note paper as ‘To Do Notes”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Have Fun with your old school cork board and ‘Pin Up’ whatever your smart phone will not hold!

Solar Garden

Planning for spring and the growing year ahead this past year was so invigorating!

We set out to teach our little one all about how gardens grow, where do vegetables come from and what is the solar process of the plants!

This was nothing like container or small urban gardening– this was a massive undertaking.

On a plot of land, we plotted, cleared and worked a series of long rectangular patches. Using recycled cedar, we created boxes, partially sunk into the ground to maintain the earth, lined with heavy duty landscape fabric and filled with triple mix soil!

We planned the design to be all fenced in and protected from local wildlife, so we sunk large posts, created wooden gates and an arbor to grow some grapes thru the centre!

Alternating seeds with tiny seedlings we started, veggies with flowers and herbs we created an eclectic arrangement of natures finest colours.

 

Growing everything from corn, beets, eggplants, peppers, carrots (heirloom), tomatoes, broccoli and loads of basil and strawberries, etc. What a fun project to get little ones involved in, especially if they have never seen this type of garden growing before!

Garden in Late July!

We all pitched in watering, weeding and picking- what a project! Hard work paid off for terrific results for harvests  for years to come!

Now what were we going to do with all these veggies?   …. That’s another story!

Let’s just say, everyone got organic homemade pickles for Christmas!

Sunflowers were 8 + feet high!

 

 

 

 

Gorgeous Greens to Rejuvenate us….

Amazing colours that continue to surface in design, decor and amongst colour professionals…. there is something most compelling about these hues….. you can almost feel the grass under your feet…. soft essence of spruce in the fresh air…. birds chirping…. escape for a just a moment….

Greens Inspired by Nature.

Gorgeous Greens

Fresh & Gorgeous Spring Greens

Fresh Spring Greens are all around us….
Peaceful Design Inspirations with Natural Greens

Green is all around us…. and People NEED Green!

The Green freshness of fruits and veggies found in the produce isle, seasonal and tropical plants or simply a walk on the dewy grass refreshes us, and gives us a Green Break in the day!

When designing spaces of almost any variety, plants are always included as a design element, for me- it seems that spaces need plants to breath life into it!

Similarly when staging a home for sale, plants are an essential!… plants can easily give the impression of an inhabited healthy home.

Helpful DesignTips: Designing your space with Plants….

  • Creates a feeling of Eco Modern Mindfulness
  • Gives a fresh feeling (good green energy) and some plants improve the air quality in your space creating a healthier environment to live/ work in. Green is said to enhance focus, create a feeling of growth
  • Earth bound colours in design are proven to be calming and grounding feeling, lowering stress levels as we reconnect with green
  • Fear not- neutral decor lovers- shades of green can appear as a neutral colour in a room palette. (Ex.”Green Peace” Colour of the Year by Beauti-Tone)
  • With respect to Chakras, the colour green represents the ‘Heart Chakra’…. perhaps, green is at the heart of all us!

 

Enjoy a healing regenerative walk in the green park to clear your mind and lower stress.

‘Earthing’ is a technique which is said to reconnect/ ground us with nature, thus promoting healing.

I love to bring my patio or living spaces to life with container gardens, terrariums, himmelis (Swedish plant decor item).            Gorgeous green crisp leafy or citrus zest in foods to savour, a refreshing glass of Limeade (maybe with something special added!!), enhance your window with a mini herb garden resonating freshness in the air, cushions and painted accents can brighten up, renew and refresh your space…. creating a feelings of fresh focus for your mind, body & spirit!

 

As Global Trending information reveals for 2019/ 2020, the busier and crazier life is all around us, the more we retreat to eco, promoting green/ clean energy, positive growth, health and the comforting balance of Spring Green hues…. change is on the way!

PS….  the Queen of England wore an exuberant hue of bright spring green, the bride & bridal party carried green bouquets  at the recent royal wedding of two global figureheads for change. Inspired by the freshness of Green.

Green Space, Apple Trees, Port Dover Ontario Canada

 

 

Here is a fun little ‘green friendly’ project for your kids play table…..

…. and best of all just repaint over when you need a new look!

 

Creative Eco Friendly kids table- Fresh Greens

 

Yellow Sunshine in Design….

Loving Yellow in Spaces these days…. it seems we all need a little burst of sunshine in our very grey and white spaces every now and then.

Adding a little Vitamin D to any space…. it’s almost as though Yellow just infuses your brain with instant Sunshine & Happiness with welcoming signs of Spring are all around- inside & outside!

Bursting with Yellow Sunshine Inside & Outside!
Working with Yellow in Design is refreshing a space, adding feelings of cheer, and depending on the shade yellow can be powerful soft & soothing or sharpe & zippy ‘full of buzzzing energy’!   Enjoy some of my favourite yellows for your own designs….

 

Here Comes the Sun!

Experience Colour Everyday…. the Sun is Always Shining in My Studio!

You are Invited to join this Colourful Adventure!

Purposefully discovering the pure essence of colour inspirations for design…. decor…. or wherever colour takes you!  We discover colour in the world around us each day… it can be subtle or it can be dynamic.

Colour is SUCH a powerful element to create with.  We all experience colour uniquely, so be sure to enjoy the world in living colour!

Yellow is full of Energy and Freshness! A burst of Sunshine, a ray of light or a hopeful yellow ribbon tied to a tree!

The Power Colour: YELLOW

Yellow is full of energy, vitality and a hit of freshness! A powerful burst of sunshine, a ray of light or a hopeful yellow ribbon tied to a tree!  

Wearing yellow is empowering!  In a sea of grey or black clothes, which are great background colours, you will not stand out.  Each time I wear yellow to an event or meeting, someone invariably comments “I love the freshness yellow brings to your look!”

Yellow is said to stimulate intellect and creativity, filling your mind with positive energy.  It is always seen as a happy colour!…remember, Smileys are yellow!

George Harrison wrote the famed Beatles song “Here Comes the Sun” as a relief to the long grey winter, getting outside to finally enjoy some spring sunlight, from the dull winter 1969 England.

 

What’s the sense of yellow anyway?

Yellow in Nature: Bananas (a source of Vitamin D), canaries, honeybees, daffodils, buttercups, day lilies, lemons, etc.

Scent: Citrus, uplifting, zippy, fresh.

Taste: Straight lemons make your mouth pucker, but lemon tea is refreshing.

Yellow in Design: Welcoming, warmth and cheery atmosphere is created. If someone is unwell, try  bringing yellow into their space through flowers or accessories to lift the spirit and reflect light.

Ding! I have an Idea!

Soft yellows (think butter) are stunning on walls in children’s rooms, just be sure to temper the shades, as saturated tones can create excitement making bedtimes a challenge!

Bright pops of canary or sunshine yellow lend themselves well to modern design, whereas more toned ochre, gold or mustard are often seen in traditional or heritage designs.

 

Yellow is the perfect antidote to a dull day—have yourself a sunshine of a day filled with bright ideas!

 

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